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Looking For The Magic: American Power Pop In The Seventies


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• Comprehensive 3CD overview of the American power pop scene’s evolution throughout the 70s.

• Featuring the genre’s major bands, cult names, hits, rarities and several previously unissued tracks.

Although the power pop genre wasn’t named and codified until late 1977, the sound and spirit had been slowly gathering steam throughout the decade. Surrounded by heavy metal and introverted singer/songwriters, the likes of The Raspberries, Big Star, Blue Ash and The Wackers spearheaded an early 70s return to the spiky, three-minute pop urgency of the mid-60s British Invasion bands.

Tracklist

DISC ONE
1 SHAKIN’ STREET – MC5
2 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton
3 EGG CARTON WALL – The American Dream
4 WE GOTTA GET YOU A WOMAN – Todd Rundgren
5 MOON TEARS – Grin
6 DOWN ON MY KNEES – Bread
7 YOU TORE MY DOWN – Flamin’ Groovies
8 TO BE YOUR FRIEND – Sid Bradley (Erik)
9 WHEN MY BABY’S BESIDE ME (alternative mix) – Big Star
10 TOP OF THE CITY – Stories
11 IT’S MY LIFE – The Wackers
12 I LIKE GIRLS (Bearsville version) – Sparks
13 ABRACADABRA (HAVE YOU SEEN HER?) – Blue Ash
14 MUST BE LOVE – Bang
15 FRIDAY ON MY MIND – Earth Quake
16 PLAY ON – The Raspberries
17 I DON’T MIND – Athanor
18 SOME KIND OF JERK* – Fox Pass
19 AHEAD OF MY TIME – The Droogs
20 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW – Nils Lofgren
21 LITTLE LOST AND INNOCENT – Milk ‘n’ Cookies
22 ROCK AND ROLL LOVE LETTER – Tim Moore
23 GOVERNMENT CENTER – Jonathan Richman
24 SHE MIGHT LOOK MY WAY (take 2) – Alex Chilton
25 FAMILIAR FACES – Target
26 LAST NIGHT – Eric Carmen

DISC TWO
1 AMERICAN NIGHTS – The Runaways
2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER (single edit) – Blue Öyster Cult
3 DOWNTOWN MENAGERIE – Hollins Ferry
4 ALL IN ALL* – Just Boys
5 WHEN YOU FIND OUT – The Nerves
6 IF YOU’VE GOT THE TIME – The Babys
7 LONELY BOY – Andrew Gold
8 TO STAY – John Scoggins
9 SEE NO EVIL – Television
10 I TRUST YOU* – The Meyce
11 OH, CANDY (single mix) – Cheap Trick
12 RIDIN’ IN MY CAR – NRBQ
13 BOYS DON’T LIE – Shoes
14 SHE SAY YEA – The Scruffs
15 SHE’S THE ONE – The Marshalls
16 LOVE IN ACTION – Utopia
17 ALRIGHT YOU BOYS – Venus & The Razorblades
18 LOOKING FOR THE MAGIC – Dwight Twilley Band
19 ECSTASY – Paley Brothers
20 FORGIVE AND FORGET – Marbles
21 ALL FOR THE LOVE OF ROCK AND ROLL – Tuff Darts
22 YOU, YEAH YOU – The Quick
23 NEW YEAR’S EVE – Van Duren
24 MIND OF MY OWN – The Leopards
25 WALK IN THE RAIN – The Pop
26 DECLINE AND FALL – Sneakers

DISC THREE
1 MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL – The Cars
2 LOSING YOU TO SLEEP – Tommy Hoehn
3 THE FIRST ONE – Gary Valentine
4 LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND – The Moberlys
5 I WANNA BE SEDATED – Ramones
6 LET HER DANCE – Spitballs
7 YOU JUST DON’T WANNA KNOW – Jules & The Polar Bears
8 GOTTA HAVE POP – Segarini
9 SAY GIRL – Robert Johnson
10 COME BACK – Fotomaker
11 DON’T LISTEN TO THEM – Bill Kern
12 LOVE IS GONNA COME AT LAST – Badfinger
13 DRIVIN’ MUSIC – Rubinoos
14 RENDEZVOUS – The Greg Kihn Band
15 YOUR NUMBER OR YOUR NAME – The Knack
16 POLY VINYL – The Mumbles
17 ROLENE – Moon Martin
18 GET ‘IM OUTA TOWN – The Laughing Dogs
19 SHE DON’T KNOW WHY I’M HERE (album version) – The Last
20 SLIP AWAY – Ian Lloyd
21 SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER – Richard Lloyd
22 NO MORE HEARTBREAKS* – The Names
23 SHE SAID – Cheese
24 CHERI – 20/20
*previously unreleased